El Real Club Valderrama Open de España-Fundación Sergio García, un torneo solidario con las víctimas del cáncer.

El público podrá participar en el sorteo de una bolsa de palos como la de Sergio García, entre otras acciones benéficas

Sergio García y Martin Kaymer ©Getty-Images

Sergio García y Martin Kaymer ©Getty-Images

La entrada de Sergio García en la organización del Open de España a través de su Fundación, aporta un carácter solidario al torneo que tendrá lugar en el Real Club Valderrama del 14 al 17 de abril. Las diferentes acciones benéficas que se llevarán a cabo tendrán como finalidad recaudar fondos para la Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer.

Desde el año 2002, cuando se creó la Fundación, Sergio García ha colaborado con multitud de iniciativas y organizaciones de ayuda a personas con necesidades especiales, entre las que destaca su labor de promoción del golf entre personas con discapacidad física o intelectual. En el Real Club Valderrama Open de España, se recaudarán fondos para las familias que afrontan el cáncer en uno de sus miembros.

“Hay personas que no pueden permitirse visitar a sus familiares enfermos. La Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer alquila apartamentos por toda España para ayudarles y nuestro objetivo hacernos cargo de un año completo de alquiler para que esas familias disfruten del tiempo junto a los suyos en unos momentos tan difíciles. Vamos a intentar recaudar todo lo que podamos”, explica Sergio.

Entre otras acciones, la Fundación sorteará una bolsa de palos como la que utiliza el campeón castellonense. “Vamos a tener una pequeña carpa en la que todos serán bienvenidos; allí estaré alguna que otra vez y también mis padres, que están muy  involucrados en la Fundación. Tendremos una réplica de mi bolsa de palos que se sorteará entre todos los que hagan donaciones. Espero que se acerque mucha gente y que hagan un esfuerzo para ayuden a quienes lo necesitan”, subraya.

Sergio tendrá trabajo extra durante el torneo, pero no le pesa. “Tendré más lío de lo habitual pero merecerá la pena, siempre que puedo implicar a mi Fundación lo hago encantado. Voy a dispuesto a darlo todo y con muchísimas ganas de que salga bien. A finales del año pasado hablé con Keith Pelley, CEO del Circuito Europeo, y la idea era involucrar a mi Fundación en el Open de España en el futuro, pero las cosas se han adelantado antes de lo que pensábamos, Valderrama ha dado un paso importante hacia adelante y también la Real Federación Española de Golf; todos queremos hacer las cosas bien y durante muchos años. Mi equipo al completo está trabajando para garantizar que todo se va a hacer de la mejor manera posible y organizar la recaudación de la Fundación. Estamos entusiasmados con lo que se puede conseguir.

“Me parece fantástico ayudar a quienes lo necesitan siempre que se pueda y me siento muy orgulloso de poder hacerlo; es importante que nosotros nos dediquemos a algo más que jugar al golf. Somos unos afortunados, nos ganamos bien la vida y debemos ayudar a quienes lo necesitan. Rory McIlroy hace en Irlanda lo mismo que yo en el Open de España”.

Sergio ha ejercido también su papel de anfitrión reclutando al alemán Martin Kaymer, ganador del US PGA y US Open, que no jugaba el Open de España desde su debut en 2007. Son muy amigos y juntos han compartido experiencias imborrables en las dos últimas ediciones de la Ryder Cup.

A Kaymer le gusta y conoce bien el Real Club Valderrama, donde acabó sexto empatado en el Volvo Masters 2007, fue vigesimoprimero en el Andalucía Valderrama Masters 2010 y vigesimotercero en el Andalucía Masters 2011.

Martin Kaymer: “Me parece una gran idea que los jugadores seamos anfitriones de torneos, que nos impliquemos mucho más. Es bueno para el golf, para el Circuito Europeo y para dar a conocer nuestras fundaciones, que poca gente conoce.

“Valderrama es uno de los campos más emblemáticos de Europa, debería ser cita anual del Circuito Europeo. Desde el tee es muy exigente y requiere todo tipo de golpes: fade, draw, bola baja, alta, incluso estando en calle te pueden bloquear los árboles.

“La estrategia es fundamental. Los greenes son pequeños, se trata de colocar el segundo golpe y nunca será una competición de putt. Una vuelta alrededor del par es muy buen resultado, pero la distancia entre 68 y 75 es muy corta, es lo que hace atractivo a Valderrama.

“Es importante que se juegue un torneo en España y en un gran campo. Jugué el Volvo Masters 2007 en mi primera temporada y confío en que volvamos en los próximos años. Me gusta mucho esa zona de España, la colonia alemana es muy numerosa y siempre nos han apoyado”.

Entradas para asistir al RC Valderrama Open de España-Fundación Sergio García

 

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Sergio excited about Valderrama return

  • Sergio García Foundation will help raise funds for Asociación Espanola Contra el Cáncer
  • Two-time Major Champion Martin Kaymer to join Garcia in the field

Sergio García says he is excited to be returning to his favourite golf course for next month’s Real Club Valderrama Open de España, hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.

With just two weeks to go until the European Tour’s Race to Dubai reaches European soil for the first time in 2016, the Ryder Cup star has outlined his charitable initiatives for his national Open, as he takes on the role of tournament host for the first time at Real Club Valderrama in San Roque, Andalucía.

The Spaniard has also announced his Ryder Cup teammate and two-time Major Champion, Martin Kaymer, will join him in the field for the €2million event, which takes place from April 14-17.

García left with the trophy the last time the European Tour visited Real Club Valderrama five years ago for the 2011 Andalucía Valderrama Masters, and he is looking forward to returning one of Europe’s most iconic venues, which also hosted the 1997 Ryder Cup.

“Valderrama is an extremely special place for me,” said García. “It is my favourite golf course in the world and it is one of the best courses we have in the world, definitely in Spain and around Europe.

“It is a shame we haven’t played there for five years since the last Andalucía Masters was there in 2011, so I’m very excited to be going back. The golf course, I heard, is looking great as always and everyone at Valderrama is extremely excited to have us there again.”

García is also relishing the chance to take on the role of tournament host and through his Foundation, which was set up in 2002, he will raise money and awareness for the Asociación Espanola Contra el Cáncer (AECC), the largest cancer charity based in Spain. Funds raised at the tournament will provide accommodations for families whilst their children are undergoing cancer treatment.

“It is going to be busier than usual for me at the Spanish Open but it is going to be worth it, every bit of it,” he said. “Anytime I can get my Foundation involved in anything like this, I love doing it. I am going to give it my best shot and hope it comes out as well as possible.

“I am very excited about it. I talked to Keith Pelley (European Tour Chief Executive) at the end of last year about the possibility of doing it and I didn’t know if it would be this year, but the situation came around and now I’m very excited about it and I hope to do it for many more years.

“My whole team is working on ensuring everything is done the best way possible and to arrange where the money for the foundation will go. We are all excited about the things we can achieve.

“My foundation does several things. We have done golf schools for professionals to teach disabled people to get into the game, both on the mental and physical side, and we give money to other charities. This year, at the Spanish Open we are going to be giving the money to the Asociación Espanola Contra el Cáncer, which is a cancer foundation in Spain. They rent some apartments for the families of cancer patients who can’t afford them and it allows these families to be together.

“Any time you can do something like this and help people who need it, it’s great. I couldn’t be more proud of it and it makes you feel good to be able to help. It’s important for us as players to do something like this and not only play golf but do some extra things.

“We are very fortunate to be able to do what we do and do it well, which means we get paid nicely. So it’s nice to be able to help people who need it the most. Rory McIlroy is doing it with his tournament, the Irish Open, and I’m doing it with the Spanish Open, which is amazing for me, and the more people we can help, the better it is for everyone.”

In addition to his Foundation’s involvement, García has used his role as tournament host to recruit former US PGA and US Open champion Kaymer, who returns to the tournament for the first time since his rookie campaign in 2007.

The pair have forged a strong friendship during their time together on The European Tour, having also featured on the same European Team in the last two Ryder Cups, and Kaymer is looking forward to supporting the Spaniard’s efforts as tournament host.

“It is a great idea to have players hosting tournaments,” said the German. “It is important we as players get more involved. It is good for the game, for the European Tour and for the foundations we have which not many people know about. Therefore we need to support each other in these events, and it is important that we talk about it and show real interest.”

Like García, Kaymer has previous experience of Real Club Valderrama, having finished tied sixth in the 2007 Volvo Masters and inside the top 25 at both the 2010 and 2011 Andalucía Masters, and he also shares his host’s affinity for the venue.

“Valderrama is one of the most iconic golf courses in Europe,” he said. “I think it is one of the courses the European Tour should go back to every year. It is very challenging from the tee. You need to hit all kinds of tee shots: fades, draws, low, high and even when you hit the fairway you can be blocked by trees.

“So you need to have a good strategy for the golf course. The greens are very small so it is all about ball striking – it is never going to be a putting competition. Any day, if you shoot something around par it is a very good score, but shooting a round of 68 or 75 can be very close together, so that is the exciting part about Valderrama.

“It is important that have a tournament in Spain and at an amazing golf course. We went there in my first season in 2007 and it was our season finale. Hopefully for the next few years we can go back there and play an event. There are a lot of Germans around there so I get a lot of support and it is a very nice spot in Spain.”

A full range of tickets for the tournament are available to buy now  including Any One Day Tickets from Thursday to Sunday which cost €15.00 per day if purchased before the week of the event and €20 per day if purchased during the tournament week.

 

About the Sergio García Foundation

The Sergio García Foundation is focused on the social integration of disadvantaged children and young people through social assistance and extracurricular activities associated with sports, promoting, developing and funding golf clinics for disabled kids and young adults.
The Sergio García Foundation was established in February 2002 and is headed by Sergio García. Since its inception, The Foundation promotes, develops and funds “Golf Adapted” courses throughout Spanish territory, aimed at young people with disabilities. More than 1,100 students have already attended these courses.
The Foundation also provides training courses run by the American professional Peter Longo, specialist in “Golf Adapted”, with the aim of teaching to Spanish golf professionals, the techniques that can allow handicapped children enjoy playing golf. Up until now, more than 400 Spanish professionals already have this capacity thanks to the Foundation courses.

 

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